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Council postpones decision on Ban Tara Lane memory-care facility

Dick Grekoff of West Lake Builders was dealt a setback Monday night in his efforts to build a 64-unit memory care facility on property just outside of the Hudson city boundaries.

The City Council postponed a decision on a conditional use permit that Grekoff needs to move ahead with construction of the facility on Ban Tara Lane in the town of Hudson.

Council members appeared poised to reject the request, but ultimately decided to give Grekoff an opportunity to present more information on the private sewage system planned for the facility. The decision on the conditional use permit was postponed until the council's Jan. 4 meeting.

The city has extraterritorial zoning power over land located in close proximity to its borders.

The memory-care facility would be built on an island of township territory just east of the Ban Tara commercial district.

The council would prefer that the site be annexed into the city, allowing the facility to be connected to the city's water and sewer utilities.

Some council members have expressed concern about pharmaceuticals passed through the facility's septic system reaching the groundwater and affecting the quality of drinking water in a city well half a mile away.

"I've been opposed to this since it was proposed," Alderperson Randy Morrissette II said Monday night. He said wasn't opposed to the project. He was opposed to it not being connected to the city sewer utility.

Dick Stout, the owner of the land that Grekoff wants to build the facility on, told the council that the septic system planned for the facility isn't a typical residential system.

"It's a system designed by a guy who is really smart," Stout said.

He said the wastewater would be tested for pharmaceuticals to assure that they aren't getting into the groundwater.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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